Word of the Week

wowWith its 120th word, Word of the Week has now come to an end. We hope you enjoyed this free feature and that it has given you an insight into the thinking and research behind the English Vocabulary Profile.

All 120 are still available to read in our archive, below. Each Word of the Week in the archive is followed by a link to the full entry for that word on the English Vocabulary Profile. To view the entries, you will need to subscribe to the EVP: to subscribe for free click here.

Word of the week: pass

Pass is a word that learners and their teachers love to hear! There are several senses for the verb up to B2 level, but the first to be known is that of SUCCEED (as in Theo passed FCE at the age of 14.) Take a look at the phrasal verbs with pass that are included in the entry: one of these – pass around/round – does not have a learner example attached to it, but has been included in the EVP as it features in some classroom materials at B2 level. What’s your own experience here? Would you ask students in a class to pass round worksheets? Let us know: you can use the Feedback button in the EVP to submit your views, and we would love to hear from you on this or any other aspect of the project.
To view the full entry for pass on the English Vocabulary Profile, please cliick here.

Word of the week: face

Face is learned as a noun at A1 level within the ‘basic’ parts of the body lexical set, and two phrases containing the noun are also included in the EVP: make a face at B1 level and (say something) to someone’s face, which seems to be at the top end of B2 level. There are no learner examples for this phrase up to B2 level, but this could be due to the fact that its use is more spoken than written (the Learner Corpus does not currently contain any spoken learner language). Verb uses of face are mainly at B2 level.
To view the full entry for face on the English Vocabulary Profile, please cliick here.

Word of the week: get

The verb get is one of the commonest in English, and is used in many different ways. The EVP entry for this verb is long and detailed, including several senses at each of the four levels A1 – B2, as well as a number of phrasal verbs from A2 upwards. Many of the senses listed for get are presented at phrase level, such as get here/there/home/to work, etc. and get a bus/train/taxi,etc. at A1, get married at A2, get in touch and get rid of at B1, and get the feeling/idea/impression, etc. at B2. The informal sense meaning UNDERSTAND/HEAR, as in Did you get the joke? is seen as borderline for inclusion in the EVP and could well be higher than B2 level. There is no CLC evidence for this sense but it may be primarily a spoken use.
To view the full entry for get on the English Vocabulary Profile, please click here.

Cambridge logo